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JOE SMITH RUMORS & GOSSIP

Joe Smith: “Proven Closer” or placeholder?

Before the season began, I did an Angels preview for the good folks over at RazzBall. I mention that not to brag but because I can’t help but remember how they asked if Ernesto Frieri would survive as the Angels closer. It hadn’t really occurred to me until that moment that Frieri’s shakiness had become so obvious to the non-Angels loving public. What struck me next though...
Via Monkey with a Halo
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels' Joe Smith relishing closer role

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Smith didn't know he'd be the Angels' closer at this point in the season, but now that he is, he's embracing his role. Ernesto Frieri is gone, traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. Jason Grilli is here, acquired in the Frieri deal. The benefactor is Smith, who acknowledges that as a relief pitcher, it's important to be prepared for...
Via Fox Sports West
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Trade Ernesto Frieri to Pirates for Jason Grilli

The Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates have swapped "closers." The Angels will send Ernesto Frieri to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Jason Grilli. Frieri has spend the last 3 seasons with Angels, saving 71 games in 81 chances. His 6.39 ERA this season has blown his Angels career ERA up to 3.80, which was his ERA last season when he saved 37 games. Grilli...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Smith gets first crack as closer, doesn't disappoint in Angels' win

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Smith woke up Monday morning knowing he was going to pitch. In reality it was more like Monday afternoon after waking up around 2pm because he didn't get to bed until 6am as a result of the Angels spending all night flying across the country. Rather he believed it or was just delirious, the feeling stuck with him as he made his way through the Angels clubhouse...
Via Fox Sports West
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels reliever Joe Smith takes injury of Kole Calhoun tough

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- At this point, you could take your pick. Which member of the Angels bullpen would be the next to relinquish a lead? You could go down the list. By the numbers, it certainly was not to be Joe Smith. In an ineffective bullpen, he was an effective one. In six appearances, he allowed just three hits, eight strikeouts, no walks, and a 0.00 ERA. Yet, on Tuesday night...
Via Fox Sports West
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels get pitching help

The Los Angeles Angels had a disappointing season last year and it was all based around the horrid pitching staff, from starters to the bullpen, the Angels simply just couldn’t get anybody out. Joe Smith should shore up the back end of the bullpen (photo credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America) Past ace Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson, the Angels had a horrible season on the...
Via isportsweb.com
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels agree to terms with reliever Joe Smith

The Angels bolstered their bullpen Saturday night, agreeing to terms with former Cleveland Indians setup man Joe Smith on a three-year deal for about 15 million. The signing, confirmed by a person familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly about them, is not expected to be announced until Smith passes a physical. Smith, who turns 30 in March, has been one of...
Via Fox Sports West
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB News and Rumors: Indians lose Smith to the Angels

With the offseason now in full spring, news will continue to become more and more frequent. In this new MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Saturday, November 23rd. Top...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss
BACK IT UP

Indians reliever leaves bullpen too early

Just when you thought that you'd seen it all in a Major League Baseball game, Cleveland Indians reliever Joe Smith provided us with something I've never seen before. Cleveland starting pitcher Justin Masterson appeared to be ready to come out and Smith thought manager Manny Acta had called him from the pen. Sadly, Acta didn't and Mr. Smith had a forgettable moment...
Via Outside the Boxscore
May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians’ Joe Smith Reportedly Involved in Bar Fight

Reports obtained from Put-in-Bay Police Department allege that Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Joe Smith was involved in an altercation wherein the player attempted to enter an establishment without proper identification and was detained following his attempt to use “being a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians” as suitable response. Per the report, “Mr. Smith” grew upset with...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 22, 2012  |  Discuss
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